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60 Years Later: What the March on Washington Teaches Us

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Just sixty years ago, on August 28th, 1963, activists, religious communities, labor organizations, and individuals from across America gathered to hear A. Philip Randolph, Daisy Bates, John Lewis, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. call for economic justice, voting rights, education, civil rights protections, and an end to legal segregation during the pivotal March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The voices that echoed throughout the Lincoln Memorial that day elevated the power of community and personal narratives to encourage and mobilize people to create lasting legislative change.

Today, Tanenbaum shapes and contributes to narratives that advance the cause of respecting religious differences. Our amicus brief in the 303 vs. Elenis case emphasizes the critical need to protect anti-discrimination laws today.  We highlight the work of religious and spiritual organizations that have been working on anti-racism before and since the murder of George Floyd. And we encourage intentional conversations across differences to learn from each other.

Let today be a reminder that shaping narratives shapes history, and shaping history takes more voices than one, as a quarter of a million voices demonstrated 60 years ago today. Together, let’s continue building inclusive discourse and actions that welcome our differences.